Thursday, August 15, 2013

UK - Anger of 19-year-old from Cornwall who was wrongly accused of rape in Manchester after DNA blunder

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A teenager who spent months behind bars wrongly accused of rape after a DNA blunder has spoken of his ‘relief, anger and disgust’ after the charge was dropped.

[name withheld], 19, was due to stand trial next month in connection with a sex attack on a woman at Plant Hill Park in Blackley.

The M.E.N. revealed yesterday how his DNA – taken in connection with a separate matter – had contaminated a sample from the victim while being processed at a laboratory run by LGC Forensics.

Mr [name withheld], from Truro in Cornwall, is now considering taking legal action – and his lawyers are calling for a public inquiry into the blunder, which could lead to other rape and murder cases being reopened.

Mr [name withheld] was arrested at his home about three weeks after the October 2 rape and brought to Manchester after the results of the compromised DNA test were sent to cops.

During interview he insisted that he had never even been to Manchester. But LGC, a company used by Greater Manchester Police to carry out scientific testing in thousands of cases a year, insisted there was a definite match.

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